In keeping with Sabhal Mòr Ostaig’s status as the National Centre of Gaelic Language and Culture, the Library has an important role in acquiring and storing Gaelic related resources in print and other formats. The Library’s collections span the centuries from early printed books to the latest in electronic resources.
The quality, rarity and significance of the Sabhal Mòr Ostaig collections make them an important part of the nation’s documentary record and their international value has been recognised through the Library’s membership of the Consortium of European Research Libraries and Ligue des Bibliothèques Européenes de Recherche.
The Lending Collection supports the curriculum, covering subjects taught on College courses including Gaelic language and literature, language policy and planning, Highland history, material culture, folklore and traditional music. Resources are available in a variety of formats (e.g print, audio visual and digital) and materials are stocked in Gaelic, English and other Celtic languages
The Library’s journal holdings can be viewed here.
Links to content information on publishers’ websites or elsewhere, have been provided where possible.
Mac-Talla (“Echo”) was the name of a Canadian Gaelic newspaper/magazine published weekly – latterly bi-weekly – in Sydney, Nova Scotia, between May 28, 1892, and June 24, 1904, around 540 issues in all. A digitised version is available here.
The Library holds a sizeable collection of historic 78-rpm recordings of Gaelic singers and musicians gifted from the archives of the BBC in Glasgow.
The Special Collections
Sabhal Mòr Ostaig’s Special Collections span the centuries from early printed books until the mid 20th century. The quality of the Special Collections makes them an important part of the nation’s documentary record and their international value has been recognised through the library’s membership of the Consortium of European Research Libraries and Ligue des Bibliothèques Européenes de Recherche.
There is further information below on each named special collection.